Updated: Monday, 6th April 2020 @ 9:57pm

Scoreline doesn't do us justice: Roberto Martinez stands by 'outstanding' Wigan effort despite Manchester City loss

Scoreline doesn't do us justice: Roberto Martinez stands by 'outstanding' Wigan effort despite Manchester City loss

By Matt Simpson

Wigan Athletic were ‘outstanding’ despite suffering defeat to Premier League champions Manchester City, stresses Roberto Martinez.

The Latics held out for more than an hour until two goals in three minutes from Mario Balotelli and James Milner secured City’s sixth straight win over Martinez’s men.

The Spaniard was disappointed with the final result, which leaves Wigan lying 15th in the league, but believes his injury-hit squad showed their true quality.

“A 2-0 score line will look a normal result but we're extremely disappointed with that outcome,” he said.

“We never saw any player missing in the starting eleven. We are probably at the weakest in terms of numbers but not in terms of quality.”

Wigan had looked comfortable for most of the game when Ali Al-Habsi parried Gareth Barry’s shot into the path of the Italian who buried it at the second attempt.

Within three minutes the game was effectively over when Milner fired an unstoppable shot past the Omani keeper into the net.

Martinez felt his side had the upper hand in the early stages, but was disappointed they failed to convert in the final third.

“I thought for 60 minutes we edged it. We were outstanding and the way we stopped them from being fluent was very good,” he said.

“But we did not have the clarity in the final third and the confidence was not there.”

He added: “I thought the first goal would be vital. We stopped City really well for an hour and you have to score.”

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